Photos: Young Afghan Refugees

The front page of today’s edition of the London Guardian newspaper shows the photograph of a young Afghan refugee — one of a group of children photographed by Associated Press photographer and TIME’s best wire photographer of 2013 Muhammed Muheisen.

Last week, Muheisen shot a series of portraits of Afghan children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, and told TIME Magazine, “Their tough life makes them look older and react as elderly people, but their innocence is right there in their eyes.”

“I wanted to [photograph] them to show what I see every time I step in those slums,” Muheisen said. “By portraying each child, instead of being called ‘The Afghan refugee boy and girl,’ they will be called and remembered by their names.”

It is hard not to think of the world-famous photograph of Sharbat Gula by Steve McCurry — known as ‘Afghan Girl’ — also photographed in a Pakistan refugee camp, and think how far we haven’t come for the refugee children of Afghanistan.

You can see all of the portraits at TIME Lightbox.

Ibraheem Rahees, 8.

Ibraheem Rahees, 8.

Khalzarin Zirgul, 6, holds her cousin, Zaman, 3 months.

Khalzarin Zirgul, 6, holds her cousin, Zaman, 3 months.

Hayat Khan, 8.

Hayat Khan, 8.

Robina Haseeb, 5.

Robina Haseeb, 5.

laiba Hazrat, 6.

laiba Hazrat, 6.

Zarlakhta Nawab, 6

Zarlakhta Nawab, 6

One response to “Photos: Young Afghan Refugees

  1. Ola! Amy Feldtmann,
    Cool Post, As most of us are aware that the pathetic conditions, and their lifestyles they are being lead. A slum is a heavily populated urban informal settlement.
    I’ll be back to read more next time
    Kondeti Vijay Satyanand

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